Please, I need a quick education on the topic of using/choosing drop frame versus non-drop frame on a Premiere Pro HDV project especially as it’s related to or may directly impact on rendering/compression quality or may even cause compatibility issues with the source footage.
Bottom line: Is there any visible or discernable difference seen on the resulting video after being rendered/compressed when played back?
What should I know and keep in mind in regards to this aspect of video processing going forward?
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Drop frame has nothing to do with picture quality. Drop frame is used to time TV programs to take into account the 59.97 fps NTSC rate vs. 60 minute real world clock.
So in essence, does it make any difference whether I select drop frame or non drop frame in:
A) Premiere's master project settings and/or:
B) Premieres export the timeline to Adobe Media encoder where there is a setting for that also in AME.
EdDv, my memory fails me.... aren't you a Vegas guy?
Which is preferable to drop 2 frames every so often or keep all of them?
HDV tape timecode can be either drop frame or non drop frame. it just depends on the camera and the setting. you need to find out which it is on your stuff.
If you are making a DVD, non-drop frame is fine. It gives a continous time code count. Just be aware it will be off by about 4 seconds every hour vs. a stop watch.
I use Vegas, FCP or Premiere depending on the project needs. Most routine editing is done in Vegas.